Newport, Rhode Island
Built in 1890
Marking the entrance to the eastern side of Narragansett Bay, a main shipping channel. The lighthouse is near the Castle Hill Inn and Resort. Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located on your right before the inn. A trail leads to the lighthouse from the parking area where the grounds are open to the public year round.
|Latitude: 41° 27' 44" N
||Longitude: 71° 21' 47" W|
The property that the lighthouse would be built on belonged to a famous naturalist Alexander Agassiz, who sold the rocky edge of the land for one dollar with no access through his property. The idea was for contractors to build from the waterside. Construction, however, was delayed when Agassiz refused to allow the contractors right-of-way through his property to the site, since the rocky shoreline prevented much work from the water. After 2 years of negotiations, Agassiz finally allowed access to construct the lighthouse. There were many other battles later between Agassiz and the government.
Castle Hill Lighthouse survived the 1938 Hurricane without serious damage, but the keeper’s dwelling was destroyed and never rebuilt.
In June of 1989, the tanker World Prodigy ran aground south of the lighthouse on a rocky reef, spilling nearly 300,000 gallons of oil. The Coast Guard used Castle Hill as the response center to help with the clean up. No injuries occurred.
Places to Visit Nearby:
At the lighthouse grounds, visitors can stay at the Castle Inn Resort, which also contains a marina for boaters. Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located before the Inn. You'll find a trail that leads to the lighthouse from the parking area.
Newport is Rhode Island’s jewel for tourists from all over the world to visit its many attractions including it’s most elaborate mansions with tours of the rich and famous that shaped America’s 19th and 20th centuries. They include the Marble House, the Breakers, the Hunter House, Elms, Rosecliff, the Green Animals Topiary Gardens, the Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, the Kingscote, and the Isaac Bell House. You'll find many of these mansions and others along Belleview Avenue, including Belcourt Castle, which offers another unique opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of the Gilded Age.
|The Newport Cliff Walk has been designated as New England’s first National Recreation trail starting at the western end of Easton's Beach. The Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles along an elevated path, where you'll get the chance to see the many mansions that define Newport along with picturesque views of the harbor. Newport also offers plenty of beaches for visitors.|
Visit the Museum of Newport History to learn about Newport’s rich history and architectural beauty in its many mansions.
From US Route 195 take Route 138 South towards Newport, merge onto Route 238 into Newport center.
From Route 238 in Newport, you'll merge onto Thames Street south along the harbor and then turn right onto Wellington Avenue
At the first stop sign, turn right onto Harrison Avenue and bear to the right though a stop sign to remain on Harrison Avenue. Stay to the right along the harbor.
When the road forks, bear right onto Ridge Road.
After going past the Coast Guard Station the road turns sharply to the right and becomes Castle Hill Avenue, and then turns sharply to the left and becomes Ocean Avenue.
From Ocean Avenue, make a quick right onto Castle Hill Road, which leads to the Castle Hill Inn and Resort.
Public parking is available at Castle Hill Cove Marina, located on your right before the inn. A trail leads to the lighthouse from the parking area.
Castle Inn and Resort
Local Boat Tours
Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!
In addition to a stop over at Rose Island lighthouse they offer special 2-hour narrated lighthouse tours on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months, departing from Jamestown, RI.
Save the Bay Tours
Organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation provides Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour, and Providence Sunset Lighthouse Cruise. Include stopovers to tour inside lighthouse.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
Classic Cruises of Newport
Newport Harbor excursions aboard a newly restored Elco Motor Yacht, built during prohibition in 1929, or go sailing on the 72-foot Schooner Madeleine. Both offer views by the Newport lighthouses.
Dockside/Reservations: (401) 847-0298
Special sailing lighthouse charter trips to Newport for a day. Overnight trips to Block Island, Cape Cod, Martha's Vinyeard and Nantucket, along with fishing excursions.
Sakonnet Harbor, 163 Sakonnet Point Road, Box 497
My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special detailed human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses along the lower coast, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours you can explore.